A Theological Question

If you have no interest in theology, by all means skip this blog.

We are sinners.  There is no way around it.  Scriptures tell us that God punishes sinners over and over again.  We should be reminded of the story of Noah.  God was displeased with humanity and decided to clean the earth of humanity’s wickedness.  But God couldn’t do the job completely and the soft spot in God’s heart had Noah build an ark.  Everyone thought Noah was crazy for building an ark, but he did it anyway and saved his family and two of every species of animal.

It’s certainly a quaint story, but one that I can’t ignore.

The population has increased millions of times over since the biblical days.  The theological question:  Would God be pleased with how we are behaving today?  Are any of us redeemable?

What if the shit hits the fan tomorrow?  What if the price of oil sky rockets (triggered by the unrest in the Middle East currently going on) and we as a nation don’t have the infrastructure in place to cope with the dramatic shift in lifestyle?  The power grid would go dark.  No more computers and refrigerated food.  Access to water would be difficult.  It’s possible that we would turn on each other.  Life as we know it would be altered completely.

Would this be God’s judgment on us?  One can only guess.

I’m arguing that this crash is not only a distinct possibility, but that it may already be an inevitability. When you combine our economic crisis with the environmental criss, things can look pretty disparaging.   But it is for that very reason that we must act now.  We can’t just despair ourselves into extinction.  That would be giving humanity a bad name.

Surely if you agree with the idea of a non-violent revolt against the rich, then you are helping us towards restoration, equality, and freedom.  This is not a revolution against certain people – it is simply a revolution of the mind.  All of our minds.

4 comments on “A Theological Question

  1. Doug says:

    In contrast to the story of Noah, I would offer the story of Jonah. For every insistence that God punishes sin, we also read in the Bible of God forgiving people for their sins. It is possible for any calamity to be turned aside. It is possible for people to make good choices – certainly not all the time, but at crucial moments. Maybe we’ll make these good choices.

    If we’re unable to do so – what point is there in any choice at all?

  2. Thea says:

    In Jonah, the message that Jonah brought to the people of Nineveh called them to repentance. If we’re afraid that God’s judgement is turned against us, then we too must repent – we can’t just change what we do outwardly and expect forgiveness unless those changes spring from repentant hearts.

    I do think we’re at a crucial moment, but I think our cry should be one of repentance, not of revolt. And it should come from all of us, not just from the rich, because many of us are just as guilty of idolizing our comfort and convenience, of selfishly hoarding the wealth that we do have – even if it’s no more than a handful of change.

    • You’re right on when you say that repentance should come from ALL of us. I believe that’s the only way that meaningful change will happen.

      And while repentance, forgiveness, atonement and redemption are all wonderful concepts for the Christians among us, they don’t carry the same value or cultural weight with many American’s today. In fact, I would go so far to say that the concept of repentance, etc. is actually “toothless” in our contemporary culture.

      If this is true then it simply speaks to my argument for moral evolution.

      So, while you may think that a revolt is not the answer and repentance is – I would argue that it has to be “both/and” particularly for those of us that still value concepts like repentance.

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